Kevin Nash had a basketball career in his sights, but a torn cruciate ligament put an end to this dream. But who would have thought that an injury that ended one career would be an opportunity to inspire another? Kevin Nash is probably the only WWE fighter to have switched from basketball to wrestling and made it to veteran status.
In addition to his involvement in athletics, Nash served in NATO for two years between his basketball and wrestling careers. He is also an actor and still performs for the WWE as part of its Legends program. During his wrestling career, Nash has passed by several names including Diesel, Vinnie Vegas, and Master Blaster Steel. In addition to the WWE, he has fought for the World Wrestling Championship (WCW) and Total Nonstop Action (TNA).
Over the course of his three promotions, Nash has won a total of twelve tag team championship titles and is also a five-time World Champion. In 2015 he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
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Kevin Nash’s Bio, Age
Kevin Scott Nash was born on July 9, 1959, in Detroit, Michigan, and received his high school education at Aquinas High School. While studying psychology at the University of Tennessee, Kevin played for the school’s basketball team. After his time in Tennessee, he started his professional career in Germany and played for various teams until his career was interrupted by an injury of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). At that time he played for the Giessen 46ers, a German professional basketball team.
Between basketball and wrestling, the aspiring professional wrestler had a number of jobs. He was a NATO employee, assembly line worker at the Ford Motor Company, and floor manager of a strip club.
Professional Wrestling Career
Nash’s professional career began in 1990 with the World Wrestling Championship (WCW). Throughout his time at WCW, he was part of the short-lived tag team known as Master Blasters, and part of a large stable known as A Half-Ton of Holy Hell. In his solo career, he wrestled under various gimmicks, including The Master Blaster, Oz, and Vinnie Vegas.
He left WCW and joined WWF in 1993 under the stage name Diesel (aka Big Daddy Cool). Nash teamed up with Shawn Michaels as Tag-Team Two Dudes with Attitudes. Together they won the WWF Tag Team Championship. As a lone fighter, Kevin Nash also won the WWF Intercontinental Championship and the WWF World Heavyweight Championship during this period.
Kevin Nash returned to the WCW in 1996, after signing a lucrative contract with the promotion. Here he was a member of three overlapping stables. Nash and Scott Hall formed tag team The Outsiders, with whom they won the WCW World Tag Team Championship. Both men also belonged to the nWo stable with Hulk Hogan and Sean Waltman, while the trio Nash, Hall, and Sean was also known as Wolfpac in 1997. After the dissolution of nWo, Kevin and Hogan became the leaders of nWo Wolfpac and nWo Hollywood respectively, recruiting new fighters into their ranks.
Nash won his first WCW Heavyweight World Championship in 1998 against Goldberg and won it 9 times in total with the promotion, the last title being won in 2001.
After the takeover of the WCW by the WWF, Nash returned to the WWF in 2002. During his second promotion, he suffered long periods of injury before ending his time at WWF in January 2004. From November 2004, Nash spent the next seven years at Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), where he won a host of titles, including a tag team championship title and two legends championship titles.
In 2011 Kevin Nash signed a five-year contract with WWE. The fighting legend has also been building an acting career since 1991 when he made his debut in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze.
He also played the role of the “Russian” in the Marvel-inspired film The Punisher in 2004. Other films and series appearances include Magic Mike (2012), John Wick (2014), Sabrina, The Teenage Witch (1997), and Living the Dream (2017). He has also appeared as a playable character in twenty-two WWE video games from 1994 to 2018.
Wife (Tamara), Son
Kevin married Tamara in 1988 and they stayed together until 2000 when their relationship went through a difficult phase. They separated, but eventually reconciled and have been together ever since. Their union produced a child, a son named Tristen Nash. He was born on June 12, 1996.
It seems that the Nash family also has its own demons. In December 2014, Nash was arrested for beating his then eighteen-year-old son Tristen severely. After further investigation, police returned to Nash’s home to arrest Tristen for beating his mother. No charges were brought against the wrestler, as it was concluded that he was only defending his wife during the fight.
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The WWE legend of being raised by his parents Robert and Wanda Nash as a devout Christian. Sadly, he lost his father when he was eight years old due to a heart attack in April 1968 and his mother followed in December 1994 after losing a four-year battle with breast cancer.
What is Kevin Nash’s Net Worth?
The wrestler has been involved in everything from numerous wrestling events to movies and video games. According to Celebrity Net Worth, his net worth is $8 million.
Height, Weight, and Body Measurements
The man from Michigan is intimidating to look at. He’s one of the greatest wrestlers to ever grace the WWE list. Nash stands at a towering height of 6 feet 11 inches (2.11 m) and holds a weight of 311 lbs (141 kg).